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Technology and Integration: a Map of Realities and Possibilities. Kimberly Cuyler MEDT 3401 Fall 2011. My Strengths. I have a working knowledge of several computer programs, other than the ones the county provides for our classroom use (i.e. Odyssey, Starfall , etc.).

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technology and integration a map of realities and possibilities

Technology and Integration: a Map of Realities and Possibilities

Kimberly Cuyler

MEDT 3401

Fall 2011

my strengths
My Strengths
  • I have a working knowledge of several computer programs, other than the ones the county provides for our classroom use (i.e. Odyssey, Starfall, etc.).
  • I have my laptop for my use so that I do not take up a computer that one of my students could be using.
  • I use the flip video digital camcorder to record student work and presentations
3 weaknesses and 3 workarounds
3 weaknesses and 3 workarounds
  • 1. Time – I do not have enough time to fully explore how new programs that I’m introduced to works.
    • I can set a time limit to learn one new program every 2-3 months.
    • 2. Money – I do not have enough money to purchase the full version of programs that I think would be helpful for my students. The free versions are a good indicator of what I could be accomplishing with my students; however, the lack of funding prevents my flexibility and ability to get my students more in depth help.
    • I can find one site per school year that would meet most, if not all of a specified criteria in the area of my class’ greatest weaknesses (math or language arts) and buy that program.
    • 3. Writing Successful Learning Focused Units – LF is now being used in my school. Because of the learning curve involved in this huge, integrating technology (other than the current programs), is very difficult.
    • I can work with my team to implement a plan to integrate new learning programs.
3 opportunities
3 Opportunities
  • 1. Partner with another teacher. I could try co-teaching (with administration approval) to use computers in each other’s classrooms for projects.
    • 2. Bring my children’s electronic games/systems from home. Using my children’s leap pad, quantum pad, ixl reader, and ipod in my classroom exposes some of the classroom students to “fun” and “educational” toys.
    • 3. Writing grants. I know this is a long shot. But, I’m willing to write grants to gain access to technology that my students need.
3 threats and 3 workarounds
3 threats and 3 workarounds
  • 1. Administrative approval – I need an administrative staff who believes in my ability to teach the standards and integrate technology that challenges the students.
    • I can design one project that fully integrates technology and have students to present the information to the administration staff in a small classroom presentation.
    • 2. Students – the students in my Title 1 school are use to the programs that they’ve been using for the last 3 or 4 years. Some are eager to explore, but most of them are reluctant or declare “I can’t do this” before they even try.
    • I can use small group gatherings to teach students to use different programs.
    • 3. Not enough computers and no lab – In our school, we only have 3-4 computers per classroom (for 22 students to use), and there is not a computer lab to send the students to.
    • I could partner with my teammates to maybe use their computers at a specified time 2 times a week for students to work on projects that they’ve been assigned in small group.
top 5 tools
Top 5 Tools
  • Tablet PC
  • Laptop Learning
  • Skype
  • Blogging
  • Glogster
essential conditions i can influence
Essential Conditions I can Influence
  • 1. Skilled personnel – making it a priority to keep myself and my team up to date on new or interesting classroom technology
  • 2. Shared vision – getting administration, parents, and other teachers involved in the classroom technology vision. Giving parents input can sometimes help fuel administration to action.
  • 3. On-going professional learning – signing up for technology classes offered at the annex or on-line to learn about new technology
assistive technology tools
Assistive Technology Tools
  • 1.Screen reader
  • 2. Write: Out loud
2 goals
2 Goals
  • 1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity – making sure that my students experience a new technology (whether it’s my personal technology or a program) will inspire students
  • 2. Model digital-age work and learning – using technology in the classroom can pique student interest so that they will want to learn about it (i.e. nook tablet, ipod, etc.)